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10-16-2017 Board Minutes

BUCHANAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

 

OCTOBER 16, 2017           REGULAR MEETING                        BUCHANAN HIGH SCHOOL

 

CALL TO ORDER President, Dr. Harvey Burnett, opened the meeting at 6:00 pm

 

ROLL CALL PRESENT: K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett
ABSENT: D. Wentworth & S. Tobler

 

OTHERS PRESENT : Mr. Timothy J. Donahue & Mrs. Tricia Lowery

 

ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer the agenda for the regular meeting of October 16, 2017 be adopted as amended at Item VII.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS

 

S. Steinke, K. Falkenstein, S. DeMaio, K. Hurlbutt, D. Miller, S. Denison, Korbin Moore & Family

 

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE/CITIZENS CONCERNS

 

None

 

 

INFORMATION/REPORTS & NEW BUSINESS

 

Kruggel, Lawton & Company, LLC, provided 2016-17 audit presentation
 

SUPERINTENDENT /DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

All departments and building Principals submitted October 2017 updates respectively.
MEETING MINUTES

 

MOTION BY Member R. Writer, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The minutes of the  regular meeting of September 18th  and special work session of October 9th, 2017 be adopted as written. ROLL CALL VOTE K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

WARRANTS MOTION by J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED by C. Lee, The Board of Education approve the payment of payroll of $1,112,585.06 and the payment of expenditures of $388,499.39 for invoices from the General Fund and the payment of payroll of $12,852.86 and the payment of expenditures of $96,320.40 for invoices from the School Service Fund.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

BUCHANAN STEP UP GRADUATION CERTIFICATION MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer, Upon satisfactory completion of district requirements for High School Graduation, the Board of Education hereby approves:

 

Buchanan Step Up: Korbin Moore

 

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMPLOYEE RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member R. Writer, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the recommendations as submitted by Transportation Supervisor Mrs. Angie Portt and Ottawa Elementary Principal Mrs. Karin Falkenstein to hire the following non-certified employees for the 2017-18 school year.

 

Transportation Jeremy Cauffman – Van Driver

Jeanie Slabaugh – Van Driver

Ottawa Elementary Jessica Monsma – Preschool Teacher

 

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

2017-18 EXTRA-CURRICULAR UPDATES

 

MOTION BY Member R. Writer, SECONDED BY Member H. Burnett, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the extra-curricula updates for 2017-18 as presented below:

Moccasin Staff Member Extracurricular Assignment
Erica Amiel Vertical Team- Math

4th Grade Level Co-Chair  (5)

Rebekah Wiersma 4th Grade Level Co-Chair  (5)
Hayley Burks Vertical Team- Math
Sue Borr Mentor for Rebekah Wiersma (Year 3)
Cindy Bowerman 3rd Grade Level Chair (4)

Vertical Team- ELA

Mentor for Shannon Romba (Year 3)

Brenda Hemphill Vertical Team- Social Studies
Amanda Lemler Elementary Unified Arts Chair (4)
Deb Kline Vertical Team- Social Studies
Kristine Rettig Vertical Team- Science
Donna Trigg 2nd Grade Co-Chair (5)
Robin Staup Vertical Team- Science

2nd Grade Co-Chair (5)

Mentor for Rachael Kutemeier (Year 2)

Kasey McBeth Vertical Team- ELA

 

Ottawa Staff Member Extracurricular Assignment
Mary Ward Mentor for Amy Beck (Year 1)
Lisa Traeger First Grade Chair (5 members)

 

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES STAFF RETIREMENT: KATHY BICARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTION BY Member K. Laesch, SECONDED BY Member C. Lee, The Buchanan Board of Education accepts the retirement of: Kathy Bicard, Transportation Services.  The Board would like to thank Kathy for 21 years of dedication & service to the students of Buchanan Community Schools.  We wish Kathy the best in all future endeavors.

 

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

FINANCIAL AUDIT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-17

 

MOTION BY Member J. DeVlaminck, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the recommendation as submitted by the Finance Committee & Business Manager, Mrs. Tricia Lowery, to approve the 2016-17 financial audit as finalized by Kruggel, Lawton & Company, LLC.

 

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

CROSSING GUARD SERVICE RATE OF PAY

 

MOTION BY Member C. Lee, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The Buchanan Board of Education approves the letter of agreement as presented between:  The City of Buchanan and Buchanan Community School District, referencing the rate of pay for crossing guards.  Effective date of agreement is October 1, 2017.

 

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

THRUN LAW FIRM RESOLUTION TO AMEND CONTRACTORS/SELLERS IN JULY 17, 2017 AUTHORIZING RESOLUTION

 

MOTION BY Member H. Burnett, SECONDED BY Member K. Laesch, The Buchanan Board of Education accepts the resolution as offered by Thrun Law Firm to amend Contractor/Sellers in the July 17, 2017 Authorizing Resolution.  Amendment is to include Michiana Aggregates, Inc., Niles, Michigan in addition to the other Contractors/Sellers listed in the Authorizing Resolution.

 

ROLL CALL VOTE:  K. Laesch, R. Writer, J. DeVlaminck, C. Lee & H. Burnett NAYS:  None     MOTION  ADOPTED

 

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS Discussions concerning K. Hurlbutt’s contract, Special Work Session of October 9th with Gary Rider, District Organizational Chart.

 

Dr.  Burnett provided new location for Holiday candy checking.

 

Brief information shared regarding pending litigation.

 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING

 

Monday, November 20, 6pm @ Buchanan Middle School

 

 

ADJOURNMENT 6:30 pm

 

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